BERNINA Halloween 2011 Costume Competition - the Weeping Angel
Added Oct 6, 2011
Weeping Angels are an alien monster introduced to us by Doctor Who, the (UK) BBC television sci-fi drama. You can read all about them here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeping_Angels#Weeping_Angels. Being a big Doctor Who fan, my son wanted a costume made to dress as one.
The body of the costume was made with some fabric scrounged from The Fabric Cave, a remnant warehouse, In Sydney, Australia, for $6. It was some sort of polyester. I sewed it into a large tube, leaving the top and bottom open, and spaces for sleeves. I then gathered the shoulders, and made a casing for a ribbon around the neck. So the neck is big enough to step into, then tightens with the ribbon. An elastic band around the waist pulls it in for the draping effect. It was easier to do sleeves than to think about how to colour arms!
Slots were cut in the back to allow the wings to poke out. I also made a casing around the hem and inserted a wire coathanger for weight and shape.
The mask is a download from the Doctor Who website, although I altered the colour to match the fabric and laminated it for durability. The wings are from the $2 shop, sprayed grey with a water soluable spray paint. Sheer luck meant they turned out the same colour as the costume.